by Valerie Grieve.
There is a joke that says that Canada has only two seasons–Winter and Construction. I think we have five seasons in the year, not four: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Christmas.
Christmas Season starts right after Halloween and ends December 31. You can tell it has arrived by the TV commercials, store flyers, and now emails from various stores. After New Years Day we face the cold and snowy months of winter with long dark nights and precious little sunlight.
Even though Christmas is only one day, we spend a good 7 weeks thinking about it and planning for it. We make a list, check it twice, and shop, shop, shop for both the naughty and the nice. We decorate, bake, sew costumes for the Christmas school and/or church pageant, go to workplace Christmas parties, and it is rush, rush, rush.
It is an emotional time of year with both fond memories and those that bring a tear or two. I love getting together with my family for a feast and the gifts, and I prepare happily looking forward to the day. My mind also wanders backwards to Christmases past, those of my childhood and youth. They were happy times and the best Christmases of my life. I smile through tears at the memories of loved ones lost–parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
I prepare to start my Christmas list, which I do every year on a spreadsheet. These days I do most of my shopping online. I list people and gifts, recording what I have bought or ordered and from where, and check it as the parcels arrive. I know I have to have it done by the end of November if I want to avoid the nightmare of back orders and out of stock emails.
And now, to the web! Let the madness begin!!